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Giants' McAdoo Refuses To Discuss Josh Brown Situation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Domestic violence allegations involving Giants kicker Josh Brown have been a hot topic of conversation over the past several days, but coach Ben McAdoo wants no part in the discussion.

The first-year head coach essentially refused to comment Tuesday when reporters pressed him about Brown's situation, referring the press instead to the remarks he made last week.

"I've said everything that I'm going to say about Josh," McAdoo said. "I respect that you have to ask that question, but my comments stay my comments."

Brown has been suspended for the regular-season opener for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The ban apparently stems from the Pro Bowl kicker's May 22, 2015, arrest in Woodinville, Washington, on a fourth-degree domestic violence charge. Brown, 37, grabbed his then-wife's wrist while she was picking up a phone, causing "redness" and a small cut, police said.

The prosecutor's office did not proceed with the case because it said there was insufficient evidence.

The couple has since divorced.

On Thursday, McAdoo told reporters: "We support the league office in their decision and their stance on personal conduct. I do support Josh as a man, a father and a player. We treat these situations on a case-by-case basis."

McAdoo's initial comments about Brown came before reports surfaced that Molly Brown, had told police her football player husband had become physically violent with her more than 20 times, including once when she was pregnant.

Josh Brown and Molly Brown
Giants kicker Josh Brown and his then-wife Molly Brown attend an event sponsored by DirecTV on Jan. 31, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for DirecTV)

It's unclear if the Giants' front office or McAdoo, who shortly after being promoted to head coach in January vowed he would not tolerate domestic violence by his players, knew about the other accusations last week or when the team re-signed Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract in April.

"Based on what I've said in the past, I'm going to stick to my comments," McAdoo said Tuesday. "That's what we feel is best for the circumstance at this point."

The Giants signed former Texans and Jets kicker Randy Bullock on Monday and waived rookie free agent Tom Obarski. McAdoo would not say whether Bullock is being viewed as a one-week fill-in or something more in the event the organization decides to part ways with Brown.

"We're looking for the best 53 in Week 1," McAdoo said. "If he's one of them, then we'll go with it."

According to an incident report, Molly Brown told police her husband had gotten physical with her more than 20 times and that she previously obtained an order of protection against him — which she dropped when their relationship appeared to be improving. Molly Brown said the violence began when she was pregnant with the couple's daughter in 2009, the New York Daily News reported. She claims Josh Brown grabbed her shoulders and pushed her into a door.

In another incident, the football player pushed Molly Brown into a large bedroom mirror, threw her on the floor, jumped on top of her and held her face down on the carpet, she reportedly told police. She said she felt pain in her arm and elbow for months afterward.

Molly Brown also claimed Josh Brown threatened to kill her four or five times. She said she initially would call neighbors to help calm down her husband, but that she eventually worked up the courage to call police — which she estimated she had done 10 times before Josh Brown was arrested.

According to multiple reports, Molly Brown also called 911 the night before the Pro Bowl kicker's arrest because he "got in my son's face" during an argument. The 16-year-old boy was Josh Brown's stepson.

The NFL said in a statement that Molly Brown declined multiple requests to speak to the league about her allegations.

The league said it conducted a 10-month investigation into the circumstances surrounding Josh Brown's arrest. In the course of the investigation, the league said its investigators became aware that his wife had filed a statement with the county court alleging previous altercations between the spouses.

Releasing Brown, whose contract includes $1 million guaranteed, would result in a $1.75 million salary cap hit to the Giants. The team is more than $12 million under the cap, according to the NFL Players Association.

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